This picture tells us a lot about how young children learn to communicate. There are many things that babies learn about their world by looking at people, such as:

  • noticing when someone wants to interact with them
  • understanding peoples’ emotions
  • copying peoples’ sounds and facial expressions

One really important thing that happens when babies look at us is that they notice what we are looking at [1]. When babies look where others are looking and hear words spoken during these moments, it helps them match words to things in their everyday life.

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